Inspired by Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) legend Avelino “Samboy” Lim, the House of Representatives has passed the Samboy Lim Bill that makes mandatory for schools nationwide to conduct cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training.
House Bill no. 5891 otherwise known as the CPR Training in Schools Act, was approved by the House Committee on Basic Education and Culture headed by Pangasinan fifth district Rep. Kimi Cojuangco on September 15.
The bill’s principal sponsor is Lim’s colleague Rain or Shine head coach and Pampanga’s first district representative Joseller “Yeng” Guiao.
Lim suffered a heart attack in November 2014, leaving him in coma for a few months.
At the time Lim suffered a heart attack, no one inside the court knew how to administer CPR resulting in his brain to be deprived of oxygen for at least 23 minutes before he was taken to the hospital. The doctors said that had Lim been given CPR three minutes after the attack, his chances of recovery could have been much better.
“We want to make lifesavers out of the youth today by giving them the training that will make them confident to step up when the need arises,” said Guiao in a press statement.
“I would like to call this the Samboy Lim bill in honor of the PBA superstar who suffered from a heart attack during an exhibition game and whose fate became the impetus for the filing of the proposal.”
Part of the bill tasked the Philippine Heart Association (PHA) to conduct the training.
“When Cong. Yeng Guiao filed the bill, he tapped the PHA to conduct training and education. Dapat talaga Department of Education pero he stressed that we need the help of private and non-government organizations like PHA and other groups in helping the implementation of the bill,” said chair of the PHA council on CPR, physician Francis Lavapie in the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association forum on Tuesday.
Guiao’s bill will make CPR training a graduation requirement for students in all private and public learning institutions in the country.
Guiao expressed optimism that the Samboy Lim Bill will be enacted before the current Congress adjourns for next year’s elections He said that Sen. Sonny Angara has agreed to act as the bill’s major sponsor in the Senate.